Monday, November 16, 2009
Today she was featured on a local tv station on a program called 8WEst. Here is a link to the segment:
She also took a basket with items from the Etsy West Michigan team and you can see my offering of a Flower Folk if you look carefully :-)
You can see The Monkey Shop here: www.themonkeyshop.etsy.com
Monday, March 9, 2009
The Beads of my Life will be taking a short break while I work on my HTML skills and reorganize and inventory my entire crafting studio.
Things will be back up and normal (well as normal as I can get!) when things are less crazy
Thanks you for following me and I will be back soon!
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
The blue and yellow beads are "perfect" for his necklace, but also the most expensive part! I was lucky in that the store was having a "sale" but this was the High-End bead store in town.
When taking your kids to shop for beads, you can really see their personalities. My son tends to show his team spirit (see above: Go Michigan!) but is also very bold and adventurous in his color and pattern choices.
Give your kids the chance to explore their creativity. You can do it inexpensivly by going to Hobby Lobby or Michaels and getting one of their big buckets of plastic beads (even cheaper if you use one of the store coupons) or even just letting them choose some of the current sale items. You can string on Yarn, dental floss or any of the Bead stringing choices. This is a great activity to promote fine motor skills as well.
Be creative and let the kids show you what they can do!
Saturday, February 7, 2009
The girls had a lot of fun and took some time to put their designs together. Here are the finished projects.
Each girl had her own design and it didn't seem like anyone was trying to "copy" the others. It was lots of fun for them and they really enjoyed it. It seems like not enough children get exposed to being creative. We have computers, video games, and TV's that suck them in. It is really nice to see kids willing to sit a spell and just make something with no external stimulus. All I did for this project was provide the beads and finish the ends - the girls did the rest.
You can do any number of beading projects with kids for little money. Hobby Lobby and Michaels both have frequent coupons and Hobby Lobby has inexpensive beads frequently discounted every week. You can use wire, shoelaces, fishing line, yarn or actual beading string! Be creative - Let the kids be creative and you will have lots of fun!
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Thanks for joining me on this journey and I hope to share with you - and learn from you too.